Laidback Luke — born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen — is a multimillionaire DJ who leads a jetset lifestyle, travelling the globe to play shows, release albums, speak at conferences, and mix tracks from famous artists.
He also happens to be a kung fu world champion and a vlogger with more than 180,000 followers.
Business Insider spoke to Laidback Luke while he was about to catch a flight from Newark Airport in the US, one of the 200 or so he takes every year.
From learning to make music on his computer at 15 to building a net worth of $US10 million (£7.6 million) — and remaining a dedicated father all the while — scroll down for a look at the insane life of multimillionaire, DJ, and martial arts champion Laidback Luke.
This is 41-year-old Dutch multimillionaire DJ, kung fu master, and jetsetter Laidback Luke, born Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen.
He was born in the Philippines, but grew up in the Netherlands in what he called a 'really musical family,' all of whom played instruments.
'We'd often have gatherings, I grew up with that, and I could never play the instruments as good as the family members,' he said.
Frustrated with not being able to play well live, luckily, he discovered digital music. He learned to make music with his computer at the age of 15. Here he is in 1992, trying to 'make beats' during summer vacation.
He started reaching out to professional producers, something he said he wasn't good at. 'I got really lucky that I got a break with one at the guys from (DJ duo) Chocolate Puma (who were) DJing at my high school,' he said. 'I walked up to him with a cassette demo tape back in the 90s.'
He said it 'took ages' for him to respond to it, but that eventually he became his teacher and producer -- and gave him his first record deal at the age of 18.
Now he travels the world playing shows and festivals, releasing studio albums, mixing songs from the likes of Coldplay, Calvin Harris, and Beyoncé, speaking at conferences, and vlogging -- and has a net worth of $10 million (£7.6 million).
He travels nonstop, taking more than 200 flights a year. 'My home is where my carry-on lives,' he said. 'I consider myself a hobo and I literally live out of my travel bag.' Here he is in Amsterdam.
...But the pair separated earlier this year. He told Business Insider he now has a girlfriend in Texas.
When he's on tour, he wakes up at 9 a.m., has half an hour to get ready, then catches a flight around noon. 'I usually want two hours at the airport to eat,' he said. 'If anything happens on the road, those two hours are an amazing buffer to always be able to make it without any worries or stress.'
As soon as he lands, the first thing he does is work out -- 'Kung fu or fitness, depending on what day it is and if they have the room for it,' he said.
He said he's done karate his whole life, and was inspired by Bruce Lee -- but could never find a good school in his village as a kid, and stopped doing martial arts as a teenager. However, 10 years later, someone recommended a kung fu school. 'I went to have a look and never went away,' he said.
He started bringing his kung fu teacher with him on tour. 'Now I can't imagine (not having) the balance between DJ life and kung fu life,' he said. 'It can make you feel energised even on those hard tours. It's 45 minutes a day -- it doesn't take a lot of my time.'
'You only need 45 minutes, then the rest of the 23 hours and 15 minutes you can be as lazy as you want yet call yourself fit,' he added.
He's even taught the odd kung fu class himself -- and recently became an official kung fu sifu (master/teacher).
Back in March, he competed in the kung fu world championships in Hong Kong -- and took home three gold, two silver, and one bronze medal.
After his workout, if he's not having dinner with a promoter, he said: 'I tend to try and eat in the room -- have room service -- so I'm able to catch up on emails and finish off new tracks.'
No matter where he's eating, he's eating healthy. 'The biggest thing is the diet,' he said. 'There's not a lot of relatively good food at the airport. What has been the key for me is counting calories and making sure I get sufficient protein in the day.'
His meals could be considered a treat to some, though. 'I eat meat so I have this concept where a double pattied hamburger has ideal macros,' he said. 'My diet is mostly Starbucks and hamburgers, and I'm currently on 8% body fat.'
The show may get rowdy, but he said: 'After the show I don't stick around to party or anything. I try to maximise time and sleep.'
He lays off the booze, too. 'It's important not to indulge in drinking and keeping tracks of those calories,' he said. 'I'm 41 and I've done my fair share of drinking and after-partying. It's not beneficial at all. I'm in this for the long run, so that keeps me going.'
Fellow DJ friend Steve Aoki, the fifth highest-paid DJ in the world, expressed the same appreciation of a healthy lifestyle on the road when he spoke to Business Insider -- and even runs an 'Aoki Boot Camp' for his crew.
Laidback Luke is keen to show that being a DJ isn't all flying first class and popping bottles -- something he's trying to do through vlogging. 'Marketing wise it's a really smart move right now, but I started doing it because my youngest son started doing it about three years ago,' he said.
'He said, 'Dad, you've gotta check out my vlog and YouTube channel.' I said: 'You have a YouTube channel? You're 11 years old!' He had shot everything on his iPhone and edited everything for himself.'
'I really hate those DJ after movies where everything is in slow mo and you come off private jets,' he added. 'Now I can have people look at how it really goes in my life. I've started doing that, and momentum is picking up.'
As far as next steps? He told Business Insider he'd love to have a number one hit worldwide. 'We'll work towards that and who knows,' he said.
He added that while America is a big market for him, he's also exploring opportunities in China.
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